Jun Okumura

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Location Japan
Introduction After graduation, Jun Okumura promptly entered what is now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and stayed in in its ecosystem most of his “adult” life. Along the way, he had pleasant stops in an assortment of Japanese quangos (Japangos?), overseas assignments and government agencies. After thirty years, though, it dawned on him that he had no aptitude whatsoever for administration and/or management. Armed with this epiphany, he went to the authorities and arranged an amicable separation; to come out, as it were. He is completely on his own IYKWIAS, but he and the METI folks remain “good friends.” He currently holds the titles of “visiting researcher” at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (no, that MIGA) and counselor at a risk analysis firm that dares not speak its name. This gives him plenty of time to blog or make money on his own. His bank account says that he does too much of the first, and insists that he do more of what he calls “intellectual odd jobs”. He wants to be paid to write fulltime, or better, talk—where the easy money is—but that distinction has largely escaped him. He really should not be referring to himself in the third person; he is not that famous.
Interests international relations, politics, language, dinosaurs
Favorite Movies The Third Man, Singin' in the Rain, Bladerunner
Favorite Music R&B, schmalzy white oldies, hip hop, Classical music (but averse to noisy orchestra music)
Favorite Books Huckleberry Finn, The Mysterious Stranger, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, Devil in a Blue Dress, Kadensho